Sumavel DosePro


Comment from: Scott Anthony 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: January 27

This drug has changed my life. Before if I felt a migraine coming on I'd start getting anxiety wondering how bad it would be. I've tried many different meds and this one is truly a miracle. If I got a migraine before I'd have to call in sick to work or go home and lay down. Now I just take the injection and 15-30 mins later, I'm good. It is amazing. The injection does hurt but it's so worth it. I have recommended this to multiple people and have yet to hear of anyone it hasn't helped. I do see that there are a lot of doctors that don't know about it or who refuse to prescribe it. Most say the want to find out why your getting the migraines 1st but in the mean time the patient is in pain.I feel this is so the doctor can charge for more visits and test. In my opinion we can find out WHY later but I'd like to be rid of the pain in the mean time. This medication is absolutely worth checking out if you suffer from migraines or cluster headaches.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: April 07

I don't get migraines very often but when I do they are very debilitating. I get the classic migraine-aura first, then headache pain, sensitivity to light/sound, nausea/vomiting. I tried numerous oral medications and nasal medications..this is the first and only medication to help. It's amazing! Yes the injection is painful and scary..but it's so worth it to avoid the pain of a migraine ruining my entire day. I would definitely recommend this medication to others!

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Comment from: 55-64 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: August 04

I have had severe migraines for over 30 years and have tried every treatment and new medication that comes out. The Sumavel DosePro is the best that I have found to help relieve the migraine. Now for the negative. The delivery system is terrible. I have at least a 30-40% failure rate which is very upsetting when you are in pain and the medicine you have with you doesn't work. It's especially bad when you're away from home and you only have 1 of them with you. It also really hurts and usually leaves a welt and bleeds. I choose to put up with all of this because ultimately I know I will get relief. However, I think the manufacturer has had more than enough time to re-evaluate their device and just hasn't done it.

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Comment from: KMG0886 25-34 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: February 06

Seriously, this drug is a miracle drug. I take it for both migraines (Common and classic) and the occasional cluster headache. Although the initial shot stings like a bee (USE ICE BEFOREHAND), the effectiveness of this drug and the time it takes to work is amazing. After injecting the drug either in your thigh or stomach, your head will have a pins and needles feeling (not painful, just strange). After about 10-20 minutes of that, I feel like I never had a headache at all. I'm not tired, nauseous, or dizzy. I have no vertigo or any types or auras at all. It's fantastic. I was given administration method instead of the oral because of the severe nausea that either accompanies or precedes my migraines. For those out there with migraines with nausea and/or auras, this is the medicine for you. I can even take it at work without having any negative side effects. It's seriously has been a miracle drug for me. I've suffered from migraines since around 9 or 10, so I've been through the whole lot of medicines. I'm also on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds, so my choices are limited on what I can actually take. This drug works miracles!

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Comment from: Roazee 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: November 04

I've had migraines for over 40 years and this is the first medication that really works for me. The headache pain is heightened right after dosing and I have really bad neck pain and tightening. But in about 45 mins it's gone completely and I can resume normal activities.

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Comment from: Mike 55-64 Male 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 08

This medication is a god send. I am so thankful for the coupons because I do not have insurance. Best thing I have ever used for my headaches !!!!.

Comment from: Sheddee 35-44 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: August 09

The ease of this is great! I have trouble with nausea and vomiting so I have trouble taking oral meds this was lifesaver for me.It does hurt some when you inject but the relief is so worth it!

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Comment from: Cheryleb 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: July 24

I have used Imitrex injections for many years but my neuro gave me a script for these saying that they may be less painful. Well, they are not. In fact, I find them more so. I have read that many users here have had misfiring duds and I did too. I finally figured out that the trick is that you must find an area that has some fat (for me it took best in the abdomen). When I tried to inject (or whatever you are doing with the air) in my thigh like I have done with Imitrex, the medication squirted out the sides. I figured out that essentially, my leg is too hard since I don't have much fat there. Anyway, if you can actually get the medication in you, it works well. It did leave a large welt at the injection site and some bleeding occurred but not much. And be prepared, it is loud! Overall, I think I prefer the Imitrex self dose form of Sumatriptan. Less chance of misfire. When meds are this expensive, you do not want to risk it. Especially if this happened to be your last shot.

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Comment from: Michael 35-44 Male 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: July 24

22 years of chronic cluster migraines, at least 20 per month. when I get into a cycle of real bad ones. I get rid of it in 5 minutes with one shot. The shot does hurt a lot but anyone who has clusters would not care. There is no comparison in the pain. I have tried every medication known in the U.S and this is the only one that works every time it is literally a life saver, no doubt about it.

Comment from: SamLam3485 25-34 Female 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: June 12

I battle accute migraines and have used many drugs to try to relieve the pain. Yes the air shots hurt, make me bruise and bleed a little bit, but I have instant relief within 5 minutes. I can actually function for the rest of my day.

Comment from: dsburton 25-34 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: May 30

I have been battling migrains for years and have taken so much medicine at one time to just try to alleviate the pain. I took the air shot and instant relief. I am so glad i was prescibed this. Yes the shot hurts a little and bleeds but that pain is nothing compared to not being able to function.

Comment from: 35-44 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: May 16

The injection pen is a bit tricky, but I used it in my stomach and it didn't hurt much more than a bee sting. Although my headache went away, I had a bad reaction to the drug which made me feel confused and basically "out of it." I haven't tried it since.

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Comment from: Craig 35-44 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: April 04

AWESOME...I've used this drug for 2 years taking approximately 25 doses during that time. 99% of the time my migraine is gone in 3 minutes. My primary side effects are nausea (90%)lasting no more than 5 minutes and pressure on back of neck like i'm carrying a bag of sand on the back of my shoulders (95%) lasting no more than 5 minutes, other than this no side effects. Both the side effects and Migraine are gone within 5 minutes. See their website for coupon.

Comment from: [email protected] 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: December 23

At first I fekt a little funny; I got warm and felt flushed inside. But then the pain went away and I felt great.

Comment from: Barb 65-74 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: December 04

My PCP gave me a sample to try along with a $15 copay card to use times 6. My nausea and headache were gone within 10 minutes. The sound is scary but there was no pain associated with it.Wonder drug.

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Comment from: C. Tidball 25-34 Female 1 to less than 2 years Patient Published: October 29

Air injection certainly hurts; however, this is the fastest working triptan I've ever tried (out of seven or so), and it is well worth the injection pain, and short-duration nausea and head/chest tingly-ness.

Comment from: icd9_goddess 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: September 12

the "Injection"-because its really not, its an air blast-really, really HURTS. However, This drug has worked better for me and faster than anything Ive tried in 10 years short of being admitted into the hospital.

Comment from: 35-44 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: August 21

I have battled migranes all my life and tried every med out there! Besides narcotics,this is the only thing that has brought me relief. I'm not fond of the whole injection,but hey whatever works. Go to the website they offer a coupon.


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Comment from: doowle 35-44 Female 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: July 05

Have tried many migraine meds over the years, this is the only one that is effective nearly every time. The needle-less injection is a bit painful, but MORE than worth it for the relief it provides. Have never had any negative side-effects. Only very rarely does it not work the first time, requiring a second injection perhaps 1 in 6 or 7 uses. I can't bring myself to do my own injections tho, so my husband has to do it.

Comment from: [email protected] 45-54 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: June 29

I have been using Dose Pro for Cluster Headaches for about 2 years. It works every time, generally within 8 minutes I start to feel releif, and complete releif after 30 minutes. I have had rebound migraines when I took it to soon into a migraine, it immediatly fixed what I thought was a cluster headache been 2 hours later another one came on and then 2 hours after that I had another. Please only use this drug as perscribed, rebound cluster headaches can be worse than a regular cluster headache if you can belve that.

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Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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